Hazards Campaign Thursday Talk – 1 December 2020
Racism and the disproportionate impact on health and safety: Organising to protect workers
The talk featured:
– Wilf Sullivan, TUC Race Equality Officer,
– Moe Manir, Unite Union London bus worker and
– Ameen Hadi, Chair of NW Unison black members committee and Salford Unison branch officer
The speakers discussed:
1. Why is health and safety an equality issue?
2. Why have black workers been impacted more (infected and died) by Covid-19 and were they disproportionately at risk from injuries, ill health and work related deaths before Covid-19?
3. What has managements response been to the increased risks faced by black workers?
4. How can workers respond to the workplace risks?
View the meeting on YouTube here or below:
In addition we shared information about two NEU safety reps who have been dismissed and need support to be reinstated. There are links below:
Louise Lewis Louise was carrying out her role as a NEU H&S Rep, please sign this petition and share widely. We cannot let her employer get away with this!
Sharon Morgan Another NEU rep who is in East London, Sharon Morgan, has also been dismissed, without a hearing or an investigation for raising health and safety issues about Covid. Members at her school, London Design Engineering UTC, have been on strike today.
A petition has been launched calling on Sharon to be reinstated and the link is: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/sharon
Finally, Wilf Sullivan shared information from the TUC: Dying on the job – Racism and risk at work